Beware of another round of asphalt paving scams this summer, says the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. Spokeswoman Bess Ellenson says someone will come to a person’s door, saying they have extra asphalt from a project nearby and can repave the driveway at a discount:
“They do the work — unlike a lot of scams we see (where) people just end up losing money, they don’t get anything out of it — but the work is usually not very high-quality.”
Ellenson says if the homeowner complains, the driveway paver will sometimes say they’ll come back to fix it and never show up — or just disappear completely. She says beware of high-pressure sales tactics, never hire a driveway paver on the spot, and pay with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if necessary.